KANGPOKPI: Apart from its ongoing ‘Pen down Strike’ under the apex VDF body of the state, all VDF personnel of Kangpokpi District under the aegis of Kangpokpi District VDF Welfare Association staged a sit in protest today at Kangpokpi DHQs demanding hike in honorarium, 13 months’ pay and regularization of service.
A pen down strike has been launched by the All Manipur VDF Welfare Association, the apex body of the VDF personnel of the state since July 16 seeking hike in honorarium, 13 months’ pay and regularization of service with an ultimatum till July 30.
The sit in protest organized by the Kangpokpi District VDF Welfare Association today at Kangpokpi DHQs was participate by all the VDF personnel of the district holding a placards which reads, “VDF singbu Police Constable amagi tolop 75% pibiyu”, “13 months pay pibiyu”, “VDF singgi service regularization tahan biyu”, “VDF singgi demands pidriphaoba strike handokloi”, etc.
Speaking to media persons on the sideline of the protest, Lamminlun Kipgen, President, KDVDFWA said that despite of the pen down strike since July 16, the state Government and concerned authority still remained a mute spectator towards our genuine demands compelling us to protest in the form of sit in today.
He continued that we have earlier submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister under the aegis of our apex body All Manipur VDF Welfare Association highlighting our plights and demands for consideration within July 30 while Kangpokpi District VDF Welfare Association had also seek support and cooperation of all civil society organizations of Kangpokpi district in the ongoing stir in connection with our genuine demands.
He pointed out that despite the VDF personnel performing duty 24×7 with no less than the police constable, we are entitled only to an insignificant remuneration to the tune of Rs. 7,500/- plus Rs.2,000/- ration money with which we find it hard to maintain our families while adding that in 2009 the basic pay of a police constable was fixed at around Rs.6,000/- and the honorarium of a VDF at around Rs.3,000/- only while a police constable presently enjoy around Rs.24,000/- salary and our humble appeal is to increase our honorarium by 75% of the salary a police constable is enjoying.
He also pointed out that when we are performing similar duty 24×7 like the police constable we also deserve 13 months pay as the police constables are enjoying and as we joined the service ten years back to help the Manipur police in maintaining law and order, we now have no opportunity to join other service as most of our academic ages have crossed the age limit we deserve regularization of service considering our long suffering in the service of maintaining law and order in the state.
Lamminlun Kipgen further said that our genuine demands that have been made for 11 long years about our rights, honorarium (updated salary), service security, 13 months’ pay and regularization of service are yet to be address while are also excluded from reimbursement facilities, death benefits and pension schemes despite of our long sacrifice in safeguarding the law and order of the state.
He also highlighted that during the pandemic COVID-19 as if we are gifted to die, the VDF personnel are put in all main COVID Care Centres of RIMS and JNIMS, isolation wards without proper protective gears apart from engaging four VDF personnel for every one policeman on duty at the frontline of every location in the state but nothing worthy has been done till now when a VDF personnel got infected with virus.
He further pointed out that VDF personnel are put on duty in all Community Quarantine Centres, Institutional Quarantine Centres, COVID care centres, CM bungalow, Secretariat, 60 MLAs residence, etc.
“Unable to bear all the disadvantages, the VDF personnel from all the 16 districts unanimously decided to stands against all such discrimination and launched the pen down strike”, asserted Lamminlun Kipgen while adding that if the Government fail to give positive response within July 30, there would be more intense form of agitation for which we sincerely appeal all the civil society organizations and like-minded people to support us and render maximum cooperation towards our genuine demands.